State Game Lands #236
State Game Lands Number 236, Ararat
State Game Lands (SGL) 236 has 2010 acres and is located in Ararat
and Herrick Townships, Susquehanna County. Four separate tracts
make up the Game Lands. Compartment 1 lies entirely in Ararat
Township and compartment 2 is split by the Ararat and Herrick
Township boundary. Compartments 3 and 4 are in Herrick Township.
The Game Lands lies between the boroughs of Gelatt to the west,
East Ararat to the east, and between the boroughs of Ararat to the
north and Dimock Corners to the south.
Topography is gently rolling hills with many wetland areas. Elevation
varies from 1,800 feet to 2,100 feet. Seventy-four percent (1482
acres) of SGL 236's acreage exists in terrestrial forest cover.
Approximately 2/3 of this forest cover is dominated by northern
hardwood forests. The majority of this is site 2 size 2 predominately
mature, even-aged, 80-120 year old timber. The last 1/3 is covered
by terrestrial woodlands, overgrown shrublands, and conifer
All compartments have good access provided by S.R. 171 and S.R.
374. Fifteen parking areas are provided to access the four
compartments. Several timber sale roads provide good foot access.
These roads are gated and used for administrative access.
Running parallel to the four tracts of game lands on the west is SR 81,
on the east is SR 171, and bounded in the south by SR 374. All of
these roads are within easy driving distance of the game lands which
is connected to them by smaller township roads .All but one tract are
touched on at least two sides by secondary roads and each area has
one, two or several parking lots readily accessible. A few vegetated
logging roads are present for walking or emergency access only, but
being relatively small tracts most acreage is accessible by the
average person within a short walk. Most areas on this game lands
remain fairly wet during rainy times of the year, prohibiting access by
farm tractors and other equipment at certain times.
This game lands is entirely within Wildlife Management Unit 3C. The
principal species hunted on SGL 236 are white-tailed deer, wild
turkey, ruffed grouse, American woodcock, waterfowl and cottontail
rabbit. Pheasants are hunted on a put and take basis. Furbearers also
provide opportunities for sportsman with beaver, mink, raccoon, red
and gray fox, bobcat, and eastern coyote available for harvest.
Hiking, bird watching, blueberry picking and cross-country skiing are
lawful recreational activities that occur occasionally.